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Upcoming Events


WIN-PAC Sponsored Events

Please visit again as WIN-PAC plans its next academic year of events for Year 2018-2019!


Winchester Town Events

Registration ends
Aug 1, 2018

Cheering Challenge – Challenger Cheer is open to boys and girls, ages 5-18, with a physical or intellectual disability. Registration is FREE and practices will start August 1st. The program is modified to meet every child's ability. This is a great opportunity for kids to feel the excitement of being involved in a team sport; build lasting friendships; get exercise while having fun and showcase their spirit! For additional information, please contact Cheer Director, Maria O'Connor at moconnor@winchesterpopwarner.com.


Local Area Events

Oct 28, 2018 10-11:30am

WEBINAR: The Insurer said "No" - What Happens Now? Insurance Denials and Appeals

Guest Presenter: Wells G. Wilkinson, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Health Law Advocates

The webinar will give an overview, based on the presenter's extensive experience appealing denials of autism treatments. Topics to be covered include:

  • Insurance Denials
  • How to appeal
  • Common issues with autism claims
  • Resources for providers and families

There will be time for Q&A. After sending in your email to register (Angelica.Aguirre@umassmed.edu) you will receive a confirmation email by Tuesday, October 23rd containing information about how to join the webinar. Amy K. Weinstock Director Autism Insurance Resource Center

Ongoing

 

Check out this CALENDAR of Massachusetts events for parents and families of special needs children.


Ongoing Events and Studies:

Ongoing events with SPED Child and Teen, Disability Camps, Workshops, and Events in Greater Massachusetts.

Ongoing events with Autism Alliance of Metrowest.

Ongoing Offer: 2 Free Braille Books from Seedlings for Children! We would like to invite you to register your child and/or students for two free braille books through Seedlings' 2015 Book Angel Program! If your child/student is visually-impaired, 21 or under, and living in the US or Canada, he/she is eligible to receive two free braille books each calendar year, so SIGN UP today! Seedlings has over 1,300 titles from which to chose. They range from Print-Braille-and-Picture Books for toddlers and preschoolers to best-selling novels for young adults. Please list 4 books that your child would enjoy, and we will send 2 of them (please note: due to their cost, our 3-volume books are not available through this program).

Participate in a fellowship work training program! Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) is offering a wonderful opportunity for young adults 18-26 with Intellectual Disability or/and ASD to participate in a fellowship work training program. Deadline for applications of April 20, 2015. Download the application and additional information.

Participate in a study of teens and young adults ages 14- 21 with developmental disabilities such as cerebral palsy, autism, or intellectual disability. Are you a teen or young adult with a developmental disability? Would you like to try a new activity in your community? Click HERE for information!

Participate in a study We want your opinion! Are you a young adult, teen, or with a developmental disability? Click HERE for information.


Past WIN-PAC Sponsored Events

June 7, 2018, WIN-PAC held a wine and cheese social with a talk by Deborah Curtis, M.Ed., Ed.S., and Nationally Certified School Psychologist of AANE, Asperger/Autism Network. AANE is a non-profit agency that serves families or individuals who are affected by high functioning autism (formerly known as Aspergers Disorder). AANE provides free informational phone calls, webinars, on-line resources and YouTube videos on a variety of subjects. AANE also has parent coaching services, support groups and IEP reviews on a fee for service basis, and currently have a grant that makes these free as well for families living in your town.

May 17, 2018, Annual Basic Rights Workshop, provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under: (1)Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA (2)Massachusetts Special Education Law. The workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child's school to decide their child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child’s progress in school. The workshop was presented by the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

May 8, 2018, WIN-PAC sponsored an appreciation event at the Winchester High School common area to honor the great work of our special educators of our school system. This event was a tremendous success!

Jan 17, 2018, Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law, WIN-PAC Presented a Workshop on Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law with Leslie Hughes, Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Apr 2, 2018, Light It Up BLUE, Autism Awareness, This event was sponsorded by Winchester's Disability Access Commission with help from BRIO Integrated Theater, Winchester Multicultural Network, and WIN-PAC. Please view our FLYER for details of this past event.

Jan 24, 2018, WIN-PAC presented a coffee and conversation with Jennifer Callison, WPS Transition Specialist and Diane Tashjian from the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). Diane discussed how students are referred to MRC, what services they offer, what the eligibility process entails and what to expect as a client.

Jan 17, 2018, WIN-PAC presented a workshop on Massachusetts Anti-Bullying Law with Leslie Hughes of Massachusetts Advocates for Children. Please VIEW the presesntation.

Dec 13, 2017, WIN-PAC sponsored a workshop on Neuropsychological Evaluations and Interpreting the Results with Dr. Giancarlo Fusco, Psy.D. Integrated Center for Child Development.

Oct 16, 2017, WIN-PAC sponsored a meeting discussing the district's Strategic Visioning that was presented by Winchester school committee members.

Oct 16, 2017, WIN-PAC held a preschool coffee at Lynch School for new incoming families with children on an IEP or 504.

June 7, 2017, BASIC RIGHTS in Special Education, The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under (1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA and (2) Massachusetts Special Education Law. The workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child's school to decide their child's eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child's progress in school. The workshop will be presented by Sue McHugh of the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

June 8, 2017, WHS morning coffee session with Transition Specialist, Jen Calliston, lead the discussion on matters to consider as students transition to post secondary opportunities (vocational, employment, housing, schooling needs). Please go to our Past Presentations page to view the slideshow presentation.

May 16, 2017, WIN-PAC held an information session on Assistive Technology. We explored what Assistive Technology is and how we use it in our schools. Slide presentation will be made available shortly.

May 5 2016, WIN-PAC held an information session for parents and students interested in “Grow-Ability” internship at Write Locke Farm. The “Grow-Ability” Internship program will focus on the day to day operations of an organic farm. Participants will learn practical skills related to small-scale agriculture andwill participate in the maintenance of the Wright-Locke farm greenhouse and fields of certified-organic vegetables, herbs and flowers. As the program grows it is our goal to have the students assist with the sale of produce at the Wright-Locke Farm stand and the Winchester Farmer’s Market.

May 2,2016, McCall Middle School Library, Executive Function Skills in Children and Adolescents presented by George Marinakis, Ph.D. Co-Founder and Clinical Director Triumph Center, Angela M. DeSilva Mousseau, Ph.D. Triumph Center. Go to the Past Presentations page to view the slide show from this session.

March 29, 2016, WIN-PAC sponsored an informal coffee at the Winchester Public Library open to all for casual discussion about IEPs and 504s.

March 14, 2016, The Power of Mindfulness and Good Nutrition – Presented by WIN-PAC and Chrysalis Meditation Center. Meditation teacher Vanessa Gobes, co-founder of Chrysalis Meditation Center in Winchester, will break down the practice of mindfulness meditation for you, help you find ways to develop or deepen a family practice and tell you how meditation can smooth out the jagged twists inherent in parenting a child with attention or learning challenges. Vanessa will also share the basic science of neuroplasticity and the latest studies providing further proof that mindfulness can work!

Jan 11, 2016, The Typical and Atypical Reading Brain, Early Identification of Developmental Dyslexia: Evidence from Behavioral and Brain Studies presented by Nadine Gaab, PhD. Go to the Past Presentations page to view Dr. Gaab's slideshow presentation.

Dr. Nadine Gaab is an internationally-recognized researcher whose work focuses on auditory and language processing in the human brain and its applications for the development of typical and atypical language and literacy skills. Dr. Gaab also is working on: possible pre-markers of developmental dyslexia in preschoolers and infants; identification of the underlying neural mechanism of comorbidity of dyslexia and ADHD; neural correlates of reading fluency; brain plasticity following sound and music based remediation programs for reading and language impaired children; and musical training’s influence on executive functioning, language, and reading development. This presentation is being held at the Winchester Public Library in the large meeting room, 80 Washington Street, Winchester, MA

Dr. Gaab Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Developmental Medicine Center, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience Boston Children’s Hospital.

Oct 19, 2015, The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights and responsibilities under (1) Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA and (2) Massachusetts Special Education Law. The workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child's school to decide their child's eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions, and monitor their child's progress in school. The workshop will be presented by Sue McHugh of the Federation for Children with Special Needs.

Sept 15, 2015, WIN-PAC sponsored its first coffee of the new 2015-16 school year at the Winchester Public Library. This informal talk session was attended by many parents with great questions regarding a variety of school related topics that generated very interesting conversation. Also in attendance was Pam Girard who stopped in to answer a few questions.

May 19, 2015, WIN-PAC held an informal conversation session with light refreshments 7pm-8:30pm at the Winchester Public Library, Large Conference Room, 80 Washington Street WIN-PAC invited parents/guardians of children with an IEP or 504 and any individuals interested in special education to an informal gathering. No Need to RSVP, just drop in!

On May 4th Ms.Jennifer Callison, Transition Specialist, presented a workshop on matters to consider as students transition to post secondary opportunities (vocational, employment, housing, schooling needs). The focus of this workshop considers the very specific transitional needs for students and will not focus on college planning. Go to the Events page for an event summary and the view the presentation.

On April 13th Maureen Michaud, M.Ed., BCBA, presented a workshop on the role of the BCBA in Winchester and strategies to increase your child’s independence at home. The discussion focused on homework completion, with strategies that assist with increasing independence with other chores and responsibilities at home. Go to the Events page for an event summary and the view the presentation.